Seamed the raglan’s yesterday. No problem.
Added the stand up, folded over, double thickness collar. No problem.
Clipped the sleeves and sides together for a ‘try on’.
The raglans were way too long.
The sleeves are way too long.
The stand-up collar was hideous. Ripped it out.
Started over and made a less tall stand-up collar. Ripped it out.
Started over and tried a single thickness stand-up collar. Hideous. Ripped it out.
The problem is this: the weight of the coat itself pulls the horizontal seamline of the collar down, and therefore, any collar application that doesn’t hide the seamline of the collar looks hideous.
So, I tried another collar. This time, not 1x1 ribbing. I tried ‘faux ribbing’. That is to say, RS side is k1p1…the WS is all purl. I did NOT make increases in the collar width, as most collars will have you do to allow it the ‘ease’ to be turned down.
I started with picking up with a US11, faux ribbed for 2" about, then changed to a US13 on a purl row, faux ribbed for about 1", then changed to a US15 on a purl row, faux ribbed til the collar was the right length. Cast off with a US17.
I like this collar a lot. It looks good from the BACK view, and it lays good in the FRONT. It isn’t sporty, but not too dressy. The fauz rib looks good with the seed stitch.
I will tinker the sleeve length later. For now, the collar is drying. And I am up-to-here with Sylvi.
Next, I’ll cinch up and shorten the raglan seaming thread to as short as possible without bunching (about 14" length) and block the raglan seams. Right now, my raglan seams are about 16" or so. The armpits of the coat hang waaaay past my armpits, partly due to the weight of the coat, partly due to something else.
With the raglans shortened up, the sleeves may not be so long looking. If I remove the cuff, the length will be perfect.
Cuz I ain’t re-knitting these sleeves again. If I remove the cuff, I could add a crab stitch edging to finish it. I could cut them off, or, fold them under. I dunno which, and I am tired of thinking about it. If I give SYLVI a rest til after April 15, I might have a fresh viewpoint.
Other than that, everything is just peachy at my house.
The INSANE ASYLUM.